Íñigo left the family home in Loyola seeking a new
course. During his months-long convalescence, he had the clear intuition that
he was called to something other than the life of the court and its worldly
honours. One of the first steps on his journey was a stop at the Benedictine
abbey of Montserrat, in the middle of the grandiose mountains of Catalonia.
There, he laid down his sword at the feet of Mary, the Black Virgin of
Montserrat. From that moment on, the pilgrim’s staff replaced the sword; it was
a definitive choice.
On the occasion of his visit to Catalonia for the
feast of St. Ignatius, on 31 July, and as part of the Ignatian Year, Fr. Arturo
Sosa, Superior General, also visited this same abbey of Montserrat on 1 August
2021. He too recollected himself before Mary and entrusted the whole Society of
Jesus to her. Here are some memories, in photos, of this moment of pilgrimage.
He was received at the Abbey by the Father Abbot Josep Maria Soler i Canals and
by the whole community for the Eucharist and a meal.
Abbot emphasized how the monastery is participating in the Camino Ignaciano project, receiving the pilgrims who walk in the
footsteps of Ignatius. The monks show them the places of prayer that remember